Build Your Own Escape Game

Will you start the fans, please?

I’ve just realise it’s been over 3 years since I first posted about the idea of bringing Escape Room’s into museums!  The good news is that some of my work in this space will be going live in the 6-12 months so I’ll be able to talk more about what I’ve been working on.  Until then you’ll have to make do with the tutorial!

As has been the case with the other tutorials on my site.  I try to build a ‘thing’ with a bigger budget and then share the DIY budget version of that afterwards.  Often building tools to help in the process.  As I’ve finally finished the first version of the Android app – I figured it was about time I tried to share the workshop that goes with it.

I have run a few ‘one to three’ day workshops on this subject but not with museum folk so far.  I’m definitely keen to do this – so if there’s anyone reading who thinks this would be an awesome idea and has a training budget then get in touch!

So what are they?

If you’ve not come across these games already – they are real-world experiences where small groups attempt to escape a locked room in under an hour!  To do this they must solve a variety of puzzles generally around a loose theme.  It’s not a million miles away from 90’s favourite ‘The Crystal Maze’ – but with everyone puzzle-solving all of the time!  You can probably see the obvious connection between these ‘Live Escape Game’ experiences and the other work that I do 🙂

If you want the super-quick overview then you can flick through my slides from the Museums & Tech conference ‘Escape Rooms in 7 minutes or less’.  Shame I originally prepared 45 minutes worth 😉


Escape Rooms are a hugely broad subject and I in no way claim to be the world expert on these things. There’s a lot of material to get through but I’ll do my best to cover it quickly and to pitch this at a level that non-techy museum staff could understand and have a bash.  Or at least point you in the right direction.



Good luck and please email / tweet me as to how you get on.  I’d love to hear about what you make 🙂